Indeed, one need only look at the course of the last repechage to see a receiver selected in the first round is not necessarily intended to know success. Of the 27 recipients selected in the first round of 1997 to 2003, 14 are no longer in the NFL and nine others are no longer with the team that selected them. Only four of them took part in the Pro Bowl..
There were 13 recipients of passes selected in the top 10 between 2000 and 2006. Three of them have become star players, four no longer play football. The rookie who made the most noise in 2006, Marques Colston has been taken in the seventh round, the 252nd rank. Anquan Boldin, who caught more passes than any other rookie in NFL history in 2003, has been chosen in the second round. Mike Furrey, the leader in assists reception in the NFC in 2006, was never recovered, making his way in the XFL and the Arena Football League.
Since 1970, only two recipients of passes, Irving Fryar with the Patriots in 1984 and Keyshawn Johnson with the Jets in New York in 1996, were selected first overall. Together, they captured nearly 1,700 assists and collected more than 23,000 yards, but neither one nor the other will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.